Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Labatt Blue Light (2013)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (899) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a one liter mug. There was no decipherable freshness date. It cost $1.81 ($0.08 per ounce).

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale white gold hue. Plenty of carbonation visible. Initially pours to a large, fluffy, bright white head, but it fizzles away almost completely and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Muted, mild aroma of generic lager with some corn presence.

Taste: I probably should rate Labatt Blue Light a little lower than I’m going to since it’s woefully bland. However, I prefer bland to offensive, and for a beer to score a 3 or worse for me, it has to be a struggle to drink. While there really aren’t many redeeming qualities to this beer, it’s at least easy to get down. I think I’ve built up a tolerance to adjunct macro lagers, as this flavor profile doesn’t repulse me all that much (well, maybe the first swig or two).

This seems to have a smidge of true pilsner quality to it than most light beers of the caliber. Slightly sweet taste of pale grain throughout the swig. I do detect some toasted corn and a hint of metallic flavor in the aftertaste, but it all homogenizes quickly. What this ends up tasting like it exactly what it is: light fizzy yellow beer. The most prominent flavor here is its lack of flavor, or maybe an actual watery taste. While that may sound repulsive, I found it to be tolerable.

Drinkability: I thought it might be a challenge to get through an entire 24oz serving of Labatt Blue Light, but I found myself slugging it down rather quickly. It’s a thin body for sure, with a flat, watery texture. Though bubbly at first, it calms down fast and leads to a smooth finish. At 4% ABV it’s exactly what you’d expect on all accounts. If there’s nothing else available this would at least would be drinkable. 
Grade: 4/10

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